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Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 operating system so far has not gotten a lot of traction with both home and business customers. The OS has a number of limitations amid lack of clear advantages over previous-generation Windows 7. Apparently, the software giant fully understands the problems of Windows 8 and is about to start development of Windows 9 code-named “Threshold” that is expected to solve many of Win 8’s problems.

Unlike its predecessor, Microsoft’s Windows 8 needed to address not only tanking market of traditional personal computers, but also emerging market of tablets, bring support for ARM architecture application processors and achieve a number of other goals. As a result, the software giant adopted controversial Metro graphics user interface (GUI) and got rid of traditional Windows’ features, such as Start button, Start menu and so on. While tablets featuring Windows operating system are now available, traditional desktops and notebooks based on Windows 8 look less attractive for those who are used to classic Windows.

The forthcoming Windows 9 code-named “Threshold” will need to strike a right balance between meeting needs of emerging computing devices and over a billion of traditional Windows users, reports Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows.

One of the key things to achieve such a balance will be Metro 2.0 user interface that will bring support for windowed mode that works on the desktop. Another expectation is that the Metro 2.0 will bring back Start menu. The new version of Windows will also sport a number of improvements when it comes to controls using keyboard and mouse. Other details regarding the GUI of Windows 9 “Threshold” are not known.

Since the situation with Windows 8 is very tough for Microsoft, it is claimed that Windows 9 will be developed in a relatively short period of time. At this year’s Build conference in April, the world’s largest developer of software is projected to formally announce the “Threshold”, present its vision for next-gen Windows and determine its exact feature-set. Actual development of the OS is expected to begin only late in April and will be completed in three milestones which names remain unknown. Microsoft is reportedly targeting April 2015 for the release of Windows 9 “Threshold”.

Previously it was reported that Microsoft Windows 9 “Threshold” will be released in several flavours aimed at different types of PCs: traditional version for desktops/laptops; modern version for tablets, smartphones and so on that will lack compatibility with traditional apps for Win32/x86; and enterprise version designed for traditional enterprise users, who need backwards compatibility, support for group policy, device management, solid security and other things. The latter type of Windows “Threshold” will support PCs, tablets and other devices.

Considering the fact that the Windows 9 “Threshold” will be developed in about one year, it is hard to expect this operating system to become significantly different from Windows 8. The novelty will likely fix all, or virtually all, issues of Windows 8 and introduce certain new functions.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Threshold, Windows, Windows 9, Windows 8, ARM, x86

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Not soon enough. Microsoft continues to fail the industry.
5 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/14/14 06:13:47 AM]
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Speculations. Hard to imagine they start develop it just now. IMO, they began developing it some year ago, just after Win 8 release.
4 4 [Posted by: Tristan  | Date: 01/14/14 06:20:41 AM]
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There is a requirement for dual O/S's one touch for the low end
low powered CPU's (Mobile toys, small tablets etc. consumer market for the general use as an adjunct to a phone.) and one for high end high power CPU's for desktops and workstations.
These are two distinct markets with completely different requirement and users. Trying to combine the two into one O/S has been a failure. But Hubris has stood in the way of coming to terms with this,the decision to removing themselves on to the Board will mean nothing has been learned as the same people have just rearranged the deck chairs on a sinking ship.
Get rid of the board and all vestiges of those responsible for the stuff ups over the last decade or so.
I know this is wishful thinking. I had to divest myself from running a business 10 years ago when I reached the stage of not being able to understand teenagers when I was in my early 60's.
6 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/14/14 07:01:07 AM]
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"These are two distinct markets with completely different requirement and users. Trying to combine the two into one O/S has been a failure."

That doesn't explain the media fawning over giant Android all-in-one desktops.

The Windows 8 implementation of the concept has been a market failure so far... that doesn't necessarily mean the concept itself is a failure.
1 1 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 01/14/14 08:24:36 AM]
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Why do you people call it "next generation"? Windowses do not develop so much between versions.
0 0 [Posted by: Teemu Ruskeepää  | Date: 01/14/14 08:31:08 AM]
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yeah, the last major redesign of a MS OS was Windows Vista. Windows 7 and 8 are evolutionary updates from Windows Vista.
7 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/14/14 11:50:27 AM]
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I really didn't see why they needed to come out with Windows 8 in the first place. Windows 7 is great, it suited the vast majority of everyone's needs it continues to grow in market share. So instead of updating it with service packs and adding new features each year to it, MS decides to come out with a radical version of a new OS that failed to capture the avg consumer interest. instead it did the total opposite, it made people that were still on Windows xp machines, upgrade to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8. Windows 8 will go down as the top 3 worst OS mistakes in MS history behind Windows Vista and Windows Me.
8 2 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/14/14 11:47:02 AM]
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I read all this bullshit when Windows 7 came up first and everyone used to claim they would be sticking to XP forever. And Windows 7 is good now suddenly!
Sorry but from my experience I use both. Win8 is a n improvement over Win7. Much faster boot time 30-40 s vs 3 minutes, faster-smoother UI, smaller memory footprint, better hardware support (no mtp errors with mobile devices), definitely more stable. Everybody who talks against Win8 that I know of, doesn't actually use it.
1 3 [Posted by: Zingam  | Date: 01/15/14 01:28:33 AM]
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yeah I never heard that it was opposite when windows 7 alpha came out people were even praising it and that was even before the beta!

it's not faster in cold boot what you are failing to realize is windows 8 uses hybrid boot disable hybrid boot and it boots as fast as windows 7. Also people with ssd's see no diff in boot times between windows 7 and windows 8. so that fast boot and fast wake times only really apply to HDD's.

smaller memory footprint yes if you are running 2gb of ram on a system no if you are running more then 4gb in which most people are, there is next to no diff in resource diff when you have ram more then 4gbs in your system, esp going to 8gb or ram or more which most modern pc's have.

faster and smoother ui? it takes twice as long to find things in modern ui then on the desktop. by the time I go find the programs on modern ui installed on my pc I would have been already done using the start menu and that's just one example. 8.1 fixed some of those issues but using the desktop is still faster.

well I have windows 8 or did used it for a year from beta to 8.1 on a dual boot setup so I actually have used it.
1 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/15/14 08:27:33 PM]
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Honestly, all Microsoft really had to do is give customers options. if you are using Windows on a desktop PC, then users should have the option to boot straight to desktop (like you can now do with Win 8.1), and disable metro if you so choose. Give the start menu as an option for those who want it to bring it in line with previous versions.

Give customers options on how they use windows. This way we can tailor the OS to our usage scenarios. I'm shocked they haven't done this already and it will be quite easy to implement.

Going forward, I expect Microsoft to make these adjustments and that should alleviate many of their customers concerns. Also make these options intuitive to implement and they are golden.
7 0 [Posted by: iLLz  | Date: 01/14/14 03:18:36 PM]
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Honestly, all Microsoft really had to do is give customers options. if you are using Windows on a desktop PC, then users should have the option to boot straight to desktop


Agreed, along with the option when installing to bare drive to either have only a desktop, tablet, or both during installation
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 01/17/14 01:06:17 AM]
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M$ sees tablets as threat. iOS and Android have created a brand new user experience based in touch interaction. Start Menu would suck on a small screen or for browsing with the finger.

Metro came to solve these issues. But M$ wanted more, they wanted to push the same Windows over desktop and tablet, so that users would get used to the same Look&Feel and would redect Android.

Metro is kinda good for tablet and touch, with little resources and storage and therefore few installed apps. But it sucks for desktop where we have 3x 4TB HD and 32GB RAM. How can lots of apps be placed in that thing? And how boring it is to get a new app's icon and move it till its desired place.

But M$ didn't bother with that, they wanted monkey users to get used on it in their desktop and feel familiar with it when they'd go to tablet, and reject Android when they'd see one.

Of course, what happened was the opposite. As always, M$ was late to ship to market and Win8 didn't get to tablets at all, and left desktop users angry having to use Metro.

Now they are rushing to bring Threshold to fix those issues. But users are already mad and don't wanna see Metro anywhere, even tablets. Just take Metro out for good and for ever!
0 0 [Posted by: Hikari  | Date: 01/20/14 12:48:41 PM]
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The windows 8 platform is a refreshing break from the usual bla.
All the dinosaurs that had to learn how to use a computer are complaining that they have to learn all over again. the younger generation now in their mid 40s are very tec savy . Demanding
new better operating products. with a refreshing break from the old. A choice or dual operating systems would be applicable and
cross platform compatibility is a necessity

Newave
0 0 [Posted by: Paul Macdonald  | Date: 03/17/14 02:37:06 AM]
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I personally think that MS needs to split the OS, like they used to do. 1 for the PC, as there are some of us who prefer our PCs over Tablets and phones for our computing needs (I am a 37 year old tech, who has been doing this since I was 9 years old). Windows 8 is heck for folks who have a regular PC (ya know, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor and Tower or Laptop) that does not have Touch Screen Capabilities. Otherwise, it is a decent OS. It needs to allow for easier creation of other user accounts (on previous versions of Windows, I would create an Admininstrator account and a user account for myself, to protect against viruses and hacking) that is something that is missing from Windows 8. It needs to be reimplemented with the next generation of Windows.
0 0 [Posted by: studmeister  | Date: 08/06/14 06:05:07 PM]
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